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First, let me say I love Tom Angleberger s Origami Yoda books The two written thus far are so good that I continue to recommend them to people today.Second, let me say that Fake Mustache is not an Origami Yoda book Not even close The Origami Yoda books are written from multiple perspectives and feature a sympathetic main character who is trying to figure out whether a perplexing friend is psychic or channeling a fictitious movie character or just plain crazy The characters are unique but hav First, let me say I love Tom Angleberger s Origami Yoda books The two written thus far are so good that I continue to recommend them to people today.Second, let me say that Fake Mustache is not an Origami Yoda book Not even close The Origami Yoda books are written from multiple perspectives and feature a sympathetic main character who is trying to figure out whether a perplexing friend is psychic or channeling a fictitious movie character or just plain crazy The characters are unique but have distinct personalities and seem real enough to care about The characters in Fake Mustache, imho, arecaricatures than characters Despite a token and unnecessary multiple POV for the story about 1 2 the way through the book none of the characters seem believable enough for me to take seriously This book seemed too filled with coincidences and monumental strokes of good luck to engage me as a reader.Again, I m a big, big fan of Angleberger s Origami Yoda Darth Paper books Not only was the first surprisingly good, but the sequel floored me evenin terms of writing a great follow up to a mighty fine book All that went right in the Origami books, however, was missing from Fake Mustache Listened to this audiobook with my boys in our most recent car trip, as we d enjoyed the entire Origami Yoda series It was not quite as cute and unique as the early Origami Yoda series, but it was still an enjoyable read Lenny Flem Jr is a compelling character My boys could identify with no one believing him and all of his efforts to do the right thing ending up in things getting worse for him He was a very likable protagonist. Hilarious and bizarre I laughed every single page Tom Angleberger manages to combine several random elements fake mustaches, child TV stars, clowns, and elections into an enjoyable story about fighting for what s right I can t wait to share this with my students. I said it about Laini Taylor I said it about Jeff Kinney Heck, I even said it about J.K Rowling and now, my friends, I m saying it about Tom Angleberger I was into him before it was cool Seriously, a show of hands, how many of you out there can say that you read his first middle grade novel The Qwikpick Adventure Society written under the pen name of Sam Riddleberger See, that s what I though I did and it was hilarious, thank you very much The kind of thing you read and love and wish mor I said it about Laini Taylor I said it about Jeff Kinney Heck, I even said it about J.K Rowling and now, my friends, I m saying it about Tom Angleberger I was into him before it was cool Seriously, a show of hands, how many of you out there can say that you read his first middle grade novel The Qwikpick Adventure Society written under the pen name of Sam Riddleberger See, that s what I though I did and it was hilarious, thank you very much The kind of thing you read and love and wishpeople knew plus it involved a poop fountain I kid you not Years passed and at long last Tom got his due thanks to a little unassuming title by the name of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By the time Darth Paper Strikes Back came out, Mr Angleberger was a certifiable hit with the 9 12 year old set Fortunately for all of us he hasn t rested on his laurels quite yet He s still willing to stretch a little and get seriously wacky when he wants to Case in point, Fake Mustache Just your average everyday twelve year old takes over the world title, Tom s desire for total and complete goofiness finds a home here I was into Tom before everyone else was, but considering how much fun Fake Mustache is I guess I m willing to share him a little If he hadn t lent Casper the measly ten bucks then it s pretty certain that Lenny Flem Jr wouldn t have found himself pairing up with famous television star and singer Jodie O Rodeo to defeat the evil genius Fako Mustacho You see, Casper wanted to buy a mustache And not just any mustache, mind you, but the extremely rare and luxurious Heidelberg Handlebar 7 A mustache so powerful, in fact, that when Casper puts it on he s capable of convincing anyone of anything Now Casper, posing as Fako Mustacho, has set his sights on the U.S presidency and only Lenny and Jodie are willing and able to defeat him To read this book, kid or adult, you need to have somewhere to safely place your disbelief I recommend storing it in the rafters of your home Failing that, launch it into the stratosphere because logic is not going to be your friend when you read this Literal minded children would do well to perhaps avoid this book The ideal reader would be one who reads for pleasure and who enjoys a tale that knows how to have a bit of fun with its internal logic Once that s taken care of you ll be able to really get into Angleberger s wordplay He throws in just a ton of fun details that are worth repeating Things like the fact that the state legislature tends to meet in the local Chinese buffet restaurant because They used to meet in our fancy gold domed capitol building, but they kept trashing the bathrooms and got kicked out Or take the old man who uses a form of swearing worthy of Yosemite Sam himself Leave those hats alone, you FarDobbled Candy Bar Selling Punkler Silliness abounds There are books out there where siblings or parents turn out to be untrustworthy, and they do a good job of striking fear in the hearts of their little readers Personally, though, I find the books where the villain is the hero s best friend to be a lotinteresting After all, isn t that something that actually happens to a lot of kids around the age of twelve One day your best friend is the person you ve always known The next they seem like some kind of supervillain, intent on ruining your life Angleberger sort of takes this idea to its logical extreme, but he s not harping on the metaphor like I am After all, this book is a comedy at its core One of the shockers of the book is that a littlethan halfway through the point of view changes One minute you re happily following hapless Lenny and the next you re in the head of Jodie O Rodeo herself One of Mr Angleberger s finer talents is writing books that are just as popular amongst girls as they are boys I credit his ability to create female characters that arethan just talking creatures with long eyelashes For example, in this book Jodie may at first appear to be nothan a combination of Taylor Swift and iCarly but in fact she probably hasin common with Annie Oakley than anyone else The fact that we bust into her head at the 5 8ths mark suggests to me that Angleberger is being a sneaky pete I think we ve all encountered those boy readers who refuse to pick up a book if they see it stars a girl Well imagine their faces when they re thoroughly enmeshed in Angleberger s story only to hit the old switcheroo at Chapter 37 With any luck they ll be too interested in the story to care all that much, and in the process they ll find themselves reading the thoughts and impressions of a gal willing to pull a rescue mission at the drop of a hat Awesome The book uses a plethora of contemporary words, terms, and phrases that threaten its longevity On the one hand, I really appreciated that Casper was capable of making use of the employees of Burger King and not some generic fast food enterprise that doesn t actually exist On the other hand, I worry that some of therecent phrases in the book will date it in a couple years I say that, but there were some jokes in this book that I wouldn t remove for all the fake mustaches in the world For example, at one point Casper appropriates the term Rock the Vote in such a hilarious manner that even if the folks of the future don t get it it s nice that we can now Ditto the sentence, We re too big to fail , as spoken by the villain asking for a government handout Not all books read aloud particularly well This one would As I read it to myself I kept resisting the urge to try out passages on my tongue though considering that I read most of it on the New York public subway system, I doubt I would have stood out all that much It s the rare title that s funny to kids and adults and reads just as well in the head of a ten year old as it does on the lips of a fifth grade teacher I think he s got enough books out by this point that you can label this title classic Angleberger through and through Definitely a book for the discerning first class man about town slash girl about town slash boy about town slash woman about town Which is to say, fun for the whole family Seriously.For ages 9 12 Yesterday a package of ARCs from Abrams arrived at my home, among them Tom Angleberger s forthcoming Fake Mustache and, needing a light read before bed, I decided to give it a try Next thing I knew a couple of hours had passed and I d gulped down the whole delightful confection It isn t out till April so I hope this isn t a dreadful tease, but I thought Origami Yoda fans as well as others looking for good and funny middle grade books might like to know what they have in store.So wacky this is Yesterday a package of ARCs from Abrams arrived at my home, among them Tom Angleberger s forthcoming Fake Mustache and, needing a light read before bed, I decided to give it a try Next thing I knew a couple of hours had passed and I d gulped down the whole delightful confection It isn t out till April so I hope this isn t a dreadful tease, but I thought Origami Yoda fans as well as others looking for good and funny middle grade books might like to know what they have in store.So wacky this is as another beloved Angleberger character might say in the best way which is no easy feat For funny is incredibly hard to pull off what has me guffawing can just as easily leave another reader cold and vice versa As someone who too often has been left cold by silliness I was wary when I started this one, but within pages I was completely won over.So where to begin with this over the top story The beginning, I guess The first section is narrated by seventh grader Lenny Flem, Jr who tells what happens when classmate and supposedly best friend Casper Bengue gets his hands or rather his upper lip on a very pricey fake mustache, the Heidleberg Handlebar 7 to be exact Somehow Casper knows of the remarkable properties of this mustache and while I don t want to give away too much I will say that they help him to begin taking over the world starting with state governor and moving on to president And so Lenny along with a Hannah Montana like television star called Jodie O Rodeo who narratives the second section of the book alone have to save the day.There are silly names Casper and Lenny s town is called Hairsprinkle , pitch perfect for kids grossness boogers play a significant role , and some lighthearted pop culture baiting e.g Jodie s has been status There are wild and crazy chases and bad guys and much zaniness One of my many favorite moments is when Casper in his new I m taking over the world role changes Election Day to Monday so he can take over the US faster.I will be eager to see what others think of this one, but for me it was a goofy froth of fun This book was fine I guess I rated this book 3 stars because It had some babyish language again I did not choose this book. .Download Epub ♪ Fake Mustache ☪ Award winning author Tom Angleberger flexes his comic muscle in this hairy adventure story with twists at every turnRegular kid Lenny Flem Jr is the only one standing between his evil genius best friend Casper, a master of disguise and hypnosis and world domination It all begins when Casper spends money from his granny on a spectacularly convincing fake mustache, the Heidelberg HandlebarWith it he s able rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president Is Lenny the only one who can see through his disguise And will he be able to stop Casper from taking over the world Venture Capital and Private Equity a master of disguise and hypnosis and world domination It all begins when Casper spends money from his granny on a spectacularly convincing fake mustache Dear Annie the Heidelberg HandlebarWith it he s able rob banks Hazmat Medical Life Support amass a vast fortune Spirit and Place and run for president Is Lenny the only one who can see through his disguise And will he be able to stop Casper from taking over the world REVIEW BY JACK 9 6Fake Mustache, a children s comedy story, is American as is clear from the title The novel takes place in a slightly bizarre version of modern day America, within the fictional state capital of Hairsprinkle It is initially narrated by Lenny Flem Junior but later swaps to Jodie O Rodeo The action is spread through Lenny s house, the Heidelberg novelty company factory, Sven s Fair Price Store and the Hairsprinkle Municipal Stadium.The plot is surprisingly complex, but basicall REVIEW BY JACK 9 6Fake Mustache, a children s comedy story, is American as is clear from the title The novel takes place in a slightly bizarre version of modern day America, within the fictional state capital of Hairsprinkle It is initially narrated by Lenny Flem Junior but later swaps to Jodie O Rodeo The action is spread through Lenny s house, the Heidelberg novelty company factory, Sven s Fair Price Store and the Hairsprinkle Municipal Stadium.The plot is surprisingly complex, but basically Lenny Jr saves the world from his best friend Casper and his fake mustache with the help of his favorite TV star, Jodie O Rodeo and the mustaches inventor, Hank Heidelberg Casper meanwhile has used the unknown powers of his mustache to raise vast amounts of money and get himself elected chosen for increasingly important governmental roles.My favorite part of this tale is a short section narrated by Lenny where he meets Jodie while in fancy dress as her It is one of the funniest parts of the book The character I like best is Hank Heidelberg, who is wonderfully old fashioned and quirky He knows all sorts of things which he does not at all understand the implications of and he stubbornly insists on remaining in a near suicidal situation in a classic hero martyr manner.Something that annoys me about this book is that the American title has not been translated into British English and consequently says mustache rather than moustache However, this is just my problem The only real issue is that, for a comedy book there is not that a huge amount of humor in it This does not really detract, though, from and excellent and complicated story.I thought this comedy might be a bit childish but it was actually great, even for me at age 14 I might get another book by this author if I saw it, but I have a feeling my friends would consider themselves too old for it.I would give the story four out of five stars I recently finished the book Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger This book is about a boy named Casper who buys a very expensive fake mustache and changes his identity on a quest to take over the world Lenny Flem junior must go under cover and team up with some amazing friends including Jodie O Rodeo and her wonder horse Lenny also has plenty of gags and gadgets from the Hairsprinkle Novelty Company He has an amazing adventure full of laughs and suspence as he tries to take down the evil Casp I recently finished the book Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger This book is about a boy named Casper who buys a very expensive fake mustache and changes his identity on a quest to take over the world Lenny Flem junior must go under cover and team up with some amazing friends including Jodie O Rodeo and her wonder horse Lenny also has plenty of gags and gadgets from the Hairsprinkle Novelty Company He has an amazing adventure full of laughs and suspence as he tries to take down the evil Casper I can relate to Lenny because he is smart and has good ideas This book will appeal to all audiences because it is funny, suspenceful, adventureious, and informational about fake mustaches anyway.Overall this is one of the best books that I have ever read I didn t realise I was looking for a book about the ultimate fake mustache, brainwashed school librarians robbing banks, man about town suits, public transport that only costs 10 cents, electoral fraud, halloween costumes or a tv famous cowgirl who literally rides in to the rescue but I was The illustrations throughout add extra enjoyment and giggles.